Fifty-laughs-a-minute Bill Lobley, the No. 5 voiceover guy in America, is new at this interview business, so he doesn't know that he doesn't have to provide all the food and entertainment. But [Billy], well, that's another story. Billy's an old Hollywood pro, who did the two-step with Fred Astaire and outcursed Shirley Temple. Billy knows all about interviews, but he's one of Bill's newer characters, and Bill didn't think to get the scoop from him.
Bill: "[Robb Pruitt] and I started Billy and [Bobby] for fun and because it made us laugh. We were doing a voiceover commercial together a couple of years ago, and we had a lot of down time, so we just started talking about Hollywood, and Billy and Bobby were born. Everybody's heard of Robb-well if you haven't heard of him, you've heard him, because he's the voice of the blue M&M, and once you hear that voice you never forget it. Nobody really remembers my voice because I do a lot of characters with accents. Even my wife, who I whisper sweet nothings to constantly, doesn't recognize my voice."
1) Newsday Photo / Julia Gaines - Bill Lobley, above, is a real character. In fact, he's several of them, including the voice of Parkay margarine in commercials and a Hollywood pro named Billy. 2) At left, Lobley and his partner, Robb Pruitt, star in "Billy & Bobby: The Hollywood Years."